“Didn’t you wink and nod your head at that bad behavior?” The resort where Gwyneth Paltrow allegedly bumped into another skier accused of ‘covering up’ her ‘big spender’ due to her fame – after the trainer who made the first crash report had lunch with her afterwards
- Gwyneth Paltrow testified on the sixth day of a $300,000 lawsuit against her
- Terry Sanderson is suing her after a crash at a ski resort in Utah in 2016
The resort where Gwyneth Paltrow allegedly bumped into another skater ‘covering up her bad behavior’ due to her fame allegedly last night.
Deer Valley Resort in Utah has been accused by lawyers for Terry Sanderson of pimping the actress because she was a “big spender” paying $8,980 (£7,300) on ski lessons for her children.
They alleged in court that the resort gave a “nod and nod” to Mr Sanderson’s beating by saying it was his fault for reporting from the scene.
The director of Deer Valley and the ski instructor who was first on the scene denied the allegations.
Paltrow appeared in court for the sixth day of the trial as Sanderson sued her for $300,000 (£240,000) for allegedly hitting her from behind in 2016.
Gwyneth Paltrow has appeared in court for the sixth day of the trial as Mr Sanderson is suing her for $300,000 (£240,000) for allegedly hitting her from behind in 2016.
The 76-year-old retired ophthalmologist claims to have suffered four broken ribs and a permanent brain injury that dramatically changed his personality for the worse. In the courtroom, Ms. Paltrow, 50, dressed in a black leather shirt, pink blouse with an oversized 80s-style tie, sat with her lawyer as they sipped green juice from a bottle.
Robert Sykes questioned Sanderson’s attorney Steve Graf, who was the ski patrol director at the time, about how he handled the incident.
Mr Sykes asked if Mr Graf had bothered that Erik Christiansen, who was teaching Mrs Paltrow’s son Muse to ski and was first on the scene, ‘goes to lunch with one of the world’s most famous actresses and her family. after the accident.
Mr Graff said this was “standard practice” for a ski instructor.
“Has it ever occurred to you that this coach might be hiding bad behavior on the part of Miss Paltrow, the big spender at Deer Valley?” asked Mr. Sykes.
The court had previously heard that the bill for ski lessons for Mrs Paltrow’s children, Moses and Abel, came to £7,300.
Mr. Graf replied, “No.”
Mr. Sykes asked, “Didn’t you wink and nod your head at that bad behaviour?” When Mr. Graff asked him to define it, he said it meant “you see something wrong but you wink at it but you ignore it”. “Absolutely not,” replied Mr. Graf.
Mr Sykes asked why Mr Christiansen had not been terminated for filing a false report which blamed Mr Sanderson because he was the hard skater.
“This is his report,” said Mr. Graf, “and there is nothing incorrect in it.”
During Mr. Christiansen’s previous testimony, it was “ridiculous” that he had done any favors for Mrs. Paltrow.
He said in his accident report that Mr. Sanderson was the uphill skier and was therefore at fault.
Biomechanics expert Irving Scheer told the court that Paltrow’s claim that Sanderson hit her was “consistent with the law of physics.”
The idea that Mr Sanderson was the one who was smashed from behind did not meet that criterion, Dr Scheer said. Dr. Scheer told the jury that the calculations made by Mr. Sanderson’s expert neurologist, Dr. Richard Bohme, which supported his claims were “totally wrong”.
The court was shown a short animation that showed the moment of impact as described by Ms. Paltrow.
It showed Sanderson hitting Ms. Paltrow from the back left, the two sliding together a short distance and collapsing on the right in a “spoon” position.
Mr Sanderson’s lawyers objected to the inclusion of the cartoon because it “distorts reality” but the judge allowed it in for illustrative purposes.
Ms Paltrow is filing a counterclaim for $1 (81 pence) token plus legal fees in the case, which her lawyers say is a “gross BS”.
The trial is expected to continue through the end of the week.